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The best romantic movies on Netflix (January 2021)

The best romantic movies on Netflix (July 2020)
About Time and A Walk to Remember. Pic credit: Universal Pictures/Warner Bros.

When date night rolls around, Netflix has its subscribers covered when it comes to romantic movies.

The mix of movies is excellent, with a little something for everyone. Those who want a straight romance have some great options, and those who like some comedy in their love stories will find a lot to love as well.

There are also eclectic movies for those who aren’t that into love stories.

From movies that add in American sports like football to sci-fi and time travel movies, there is a perfect option for any romantic night in front of the TV.

Here is a look at the best romantic movies on Netflix as of January 2021.

Updated on January 2: Every month, Netflix makes major changes to its platform, removing several movies and adding numerous new ones to replace them.

Luckily, we are here every month to check the lists and update them by removing movies that have left the streaming service and replacing them with other options.

Once you finish our list, here are others that you could watch that just missed our list: The Ugly Truth, Almost Love, The Lost Husband, and Good Kisser.

Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)

Sex and the City: The Movie
Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth in Sex and the City: The Movie. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Sex and the City: The Movie is basically a continuation of the popular HBO series about the friends who took New York City by storm.

The series saw the women go through many relationships before the show ended. This movie starts with the lead character, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie, talking about what has happened since the show.

For Carrie, she is in a relationship with Mr. Big, and the two decide to get married. However, that decision brings everything crashing down as the women have to get back together to solve a new set of problems.

50 First Dates (2004)

50 First Dates
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. Pic credit: Sony

In 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer’s stars reunite with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore back together again.

Sandler is Henry, a womanizer who lives in Oahu and preys on the tourists. However, when he meets Lucy (Barrymore) and hits it off with her, he returns the next day, and she has no idea who he is.

Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss due to an accident from the year before, while her father and brother refuse to tell her the truth and let her relive the same day over and over.

They also want Henry to leave her alone, but he falls for her and concocts ways to meet her day after day, finally helping the two fall in love.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Pic credit: Paramount

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is about a lot more than just romance, but it is a romance that leads to the story’s changes.

Johnny Depp is Gilbert Grape, a young man who has only one job: to care for his morbidly obese mother Bonnie (Darlene Cates), who can’t get out of their trailer due to her size, and his mentally challenged brother Arnie.

A teenage Leonardo DiCaprio played Arnie and picked up an Oscar nomination for the role.

The romance comes when a girl arrives in tone named Becky (Juliette Lewis), and Gilbert falls for her but realizes he can’t have a real-life as long as he is caring for his family.

Runaway Bride (1999)

Runaway Bride
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Runaway Bride. Pic credit: Paramount

Runaway Bride re-pairs up the successful romantic movie combination of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, the actors who set everyone’s hearts in motion in Pretty Woman.

In this movie, Roberts plays Maggie, a woman who has had several unsuccessful relationships as she ran away at the last minute, leaving them waiting at the altar.

Since most of the moments were filmed, she has become famous as the Runaway Bride.

Gere is a news columnist named Ike who writes an article about her full of inaccuracies because the man he interviewed was one of her exes. When he gets a chance to redeem himself, he meets her to write an article to restore his reputation.

However, he falls in love with her just as she prepares to walk the aisle again with another man.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Lana Condor in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Pic credit: Netflix

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a Netflix produced teen romantic comedy that hit the streaming service in 2018.

The film is based on the novel by Jenny Han, released in 2014, and was a huge success for Netflix. The film has a high school junior named Lara Jean, who writes letters to all the boys she felt passion for.

She then locks the letters in her closet.

When her sister finds the letters, she mails them to all the boys, which throws her life into turmoil.

There has already been one sequel with another on the way.

A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince
The holiday movie A Christmas Prince. Pic credit: Netflix

Netflix found its big Christmas franchise with the romantic comedy A Christmas Prince.

The movie stars Rose McIver (iZombie) and Ben Lamb. McIver is an American reporter sent to cover a press conference of Prince Richard, a playboy who is expected to abdicate the throne.

While there, she is mistaken for an American tutor and pretends to be her to investigate. She meets the Prince and sees him as a good man, not what her magazine was hoping for.

The movie was a huge success and has spawned two sequels.

The Prince & Me (2004)

The Prince & Me
Julia Styles in The Prince & Me. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

Released in 2004, The Prince & Me is a romantic comedy about a woman who finds a prince seeking affection.

Julia Styles is Paige Morgan, a pre-med student in Wisconsin, and meets Denmark’s Crown Prince Edward (Luke Mably), who comes to her state looking to further his playboy interests.

After he screws up their first meeting, asking her to flash him in a bar, the two end up getting to know each other better at school, and eventually, he comes around to become a better person as he falls in love, much to the chagrin of his parents.

Remember Me (2010)

NETFLIX: Remember Me
Robert Pattinson in Remember Me. Pic credit: Summit

Robert Pattinson was in the midst of proving he was more than just Edward Cullen when he starred in the romance movie Remember Me.

Pattinson is Tyler, a young man who audits classes and has a difficult relationship with his dad. He also lost his brother to suicide years before.

Emilie De Ravin is Ally, a young woman whose mother was murdered by a mugger and is living with her dad, an NYPD officer. The two fall in love, and this is partially their story.

However, if you watch this romance movie on Netflix, be prepared for a gut-wrenching ending, as this all leads to September 11, 2001.

Stardust (2007)

Claire Danes and Charlie Cox on Stardust. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

A fantasy romantic tale hit in 2007 and remains one of the best fairy tale films in movies.

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel and directed by Matthew Vaughn (The Kingsman), this tells the story of a fallen star and the young man who sets out to find it.

Charlie Cox (Daredevil) plays a young man who promises the woman he loves he will retrieve a fallen star to prove his love. However, when he finds the star, it is Claire Danes, and he realizes what true love really is.

At the same time, he must protect her from a witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wants to use the star to maintain her own youth.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Randall Park and Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe. Pic credit: Netflix

Released in 2019, Always Be My Maybe was a Netflix original romantic comedy movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park.

Park and Ali received credit as two of the writers in this story of childhood friends Sasha and Marcus, who grew apart when they had sex.

The movie jumps to 16 years later when Sasha is a celebrity chef while Marcus still lives with his dad and plays in an unsigned band that plays in his neighborhood.

The two then reconnect, and while Marcus likes Sasha, she has just started dating Keanu Reeves — who plays himself.

A Walk to Remember (2002)

A Walk to Remember
Shane West and Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Nicholas Sparks is the king of the depressing romantic drama novel. Almost every book has a significant death destroying a relationship and deals with either the repercussions of the death or how the couple deals with the upcoming tragedy.

In the adaptation of Sparks’ A Walk to Remember, Mandy Moore plays a teenage girl named Jamie who has leukemia and isn’t recovering despite her treatment. She is dating a boy named Landon, and the romantic relationship they held.

The story is inspired by Spark’s sister Danielle, who also battled cancer in her life.

The Kissing Booth (2018)

The Kissing Booth
The cast of The Kissing Booth. Pic credit: Netflix

The Kissing Booth is a Netflix original teen romantic comedy film based on the novel by Beth Reekles.

Released in 2018, The Kissing Booth stars Joey King as Elle, a late-blooming teenager who ends up in a relationship with a bad boy senior named Noah (Jacob Elordi). This puts her lifelong friendship with Noah’s younger brother in danger.

In a pleasant surprise, ’80s teen romance icon Molly Ringwald co-stars.

Critics destroyed the movie, but Netflix subscribers loved it and made it a monster success. A sequel will hit Netflix in July 2020.

About Time (2013)

About Time
Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams in About Time. Pic credit: Universal Pictures

About Time is the most unusual romance film on Netflix, as it is a romantic sci-fi drama.

When he turns 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his dad that he can time travel, and it is a family ability. While his dad tells him not to use it to get money or fame, Tim decides to find love.

However, as with any time travel story, Tim realizes that things he does in the past can change things, including things he did last time he traveled back in time.

He meets a woman named Mary (Rachel McAdams), and as the two develop a relationship, Tim realizes what is more important in life and relationships.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

David O. Russell has directed many iconic indie films over his career, but his most mainstream is arguably his 2012 movie, Silver Linings Playbook.

Based on Matthew Quick’s novel, Bradley Cooper stars as a man with bipolar disorder who gets out of a mental hospital and moves back home with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver).

He meets a widow named Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who has a mental disorder of her own. While both individuals are almost incapable of getting through life, they start to find themselves with each other.

Howard’s End (1992)

Howard's End
Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave in Howard’s End. Pic credit: Sony

For those looking for a prestigious romantic drama, Howard’s End is available on Netflix.

This is a Merchant-Ivory production from 1992, based on the novel by E.M. Forster (A Room with a View).

This is a historical romance taking place in turn-of-the-century England and is a love story between widower Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) and Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson).

Howard’s End picked up nine Oscar nominations, winning three, including Best Actress for Emma Thompson.

Shawn S. Lealos

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